Rotary Noon Club welcomes district governor

The Morristown Rotary-Noon Club welcomed District Governor Greg Maciolek to its weekly meeting on Wednesday at The Country Club. Maciolek outlined five key goals his district should reach over the next year. From left to right, former Club President Conrad Brimhall, Maciolek and Daryl Brady, field representative for U.S. Rep. Phil Roe.

During its weekly meeting at The Country Club on Wednesday, the Morristown Rotary-Noon Club welcomed its district governor into town – and he brought plenty of ideas with him.

Greg Maciolek, of the Rotary Club of Knoxville Breakfast Club, outlined five goals the district’s members should achieve within the next year.

The first goal Maciolek wants his district to reach is for his Rotarians to “grow Rotary.” In what he called the “Big Highly Ambitious Goal, or BHAG,” the district’s mission is to increase membership by 192 Rotarians – an average of three new members per chapter – to replace the number of members lost over the last year.

Maciorek said if each district reached this goal, Rotary International would be able to make up for the losses in membership during the 2018-2019 period.

“We lost 70,000 members last year,” said Maciolek, a retired Air Force colonel who served as a pilot. “Two zones in America closed and were moved to Africa and Asia.”

Next, Maciolek said the Club Annual Reports should be much easier for all its members to access, especially new Rotarians.

“If you’re buying stock in a company, you want to see their portfolio,” said Maciorek as he addressed his fellow Rotarians. “We need to show new members our portfolio so Rotarians can see how we’re spending our money.”

Maciolek hammered home a plan to boost reading levels for Tennessee students at the preschool and first and second-grade levels. According to Maciolek, 40 percent of Tennessee students and 25 percent of adults in the state cannot read on a third-grade level, a fact he said must change if the state wants companies to locate their businesses here and hire qualified workers.

“I’m really pushing this because we need to start boosting those numbers at the preschool levels because once these kids hit third grade, it’s too late,” he said. “Unfortunately, many kids in this state aren’t dreaming.

“They’re just surviving because of different situations that could be happening at home.”

Fundraising will also be a goal for the 2019-20 period. Maciorek said every district under his purview should raise at least $250 toward service projects.

Finally, a proposal to clean up the Rotarians’ district and club database was unveiled for the new cycle. Retention of members is the primary focus of this goal, however, members can access the database to see what’s new in the district.

“An educated and engaged Rotarian is more likely to stay in the club,” Maciorek said. “(Rotarians) will feel wanted in the club.”